Introduction- Configuration Management Best Practices (01:47)
Configuration management is an essential part of the software development process. This video features Bob Aiello and is intended to help professionals incorporate CM best practices. This segment orients viewers to the topics that will be covered in this video including why it matters, challenges, and advice.
Configuration Management: Why It Matters (06:05)
The demand to launch new products too quickly before completion is a leading project stressor. Configuration Management is a systems engineering process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product; Aiello recommends performing a physical configuration audit. Core practices include source code management, build engineering, environmental management, change control, release engineering, and deployment engineering.
Challenges of Configuration Management (02:50)
Challenges include storing source code, technical platforms, build engineering, packaging releases, and monitoring the environment. Communication and collaboration among team members is essential.
Working with Development Teams (06:28)
A software glitch at the New York Stock Exchange suspended trading for 90 minutes; the configuration management team limited the amount of downtime. Focus on the team priorities as to what needs to be fixed first and make small changes. Aiello describes his keys for success and ideal team members.
Leadership and Changing Organizational Culture (03:22)
An effective team leader encourages members to make changes, addresses issues in a comfortable easy manner, and creates a safe environment to discuss errors. Support must come from senior management. Organizations need to welcome suggestions from its employees and encourage team members to admit mistakes.
Conclusion- Configuration Management Best Practices (05:32)
Best practices include change control and improving communication and collaboration. Aiello suggests starting small with incremental changes and the team will gain confidence. By focusing on training and rewarding team members the entire group will work more effectively.
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